With the previous Apple-Samsung lawsuits-mill, Microsoft has stepped in the latest patent battle royal with Motorola which has led The United States International Trade Commission to order an import ban on Motorola Mobility’s Android devices, with the Droid, Atrix and Xoom amongst the devices that will fall foul of the ruling.
So what is the patent that Motorola dared to infringe?, nope it’s not related to designs-like Apple lawsuits but instead this particular decision stems from a ruling back in December which found that Motorola’s Android devices infringe upon one of Microsoft’s patents which relate to Exchange ActiveSync technology.
Yup, fear not Motorola users as things doesn’t stop here, Motorola has the right to appeal!.Motorola, for its part, is keen to remind everyone that this ruling is based on one patent, after Microsoft initially claimed that no less than eight were infringed upon. The firm has also said that it is considering an appeal, should it deem that course of action a reasonable one.
Although we are disappointed by the Commission’s ruling that certain Motorola Mobility products violated one patent, we look forward to reading the full opinion to understand its reasoning.
Motorola Mobility will not experience any impact in the near term, as the Commission’s ruling is subject to a $0.33/per unit bond during the 60 day Presidential review period. We will explore all options including appeal.
Let’s see if Motorola succeeds to win this battle or not, but they have only 60 days to act or Android powered Motorola devices might not make it to US anymore.